In Focus: How the Nations League has transformed the football landscape

By Callum Noad, MSc International Sport Management student at UCFB Wembley

Our Nations League journey started with a leisurely wake up on Wednesday morning. My friend, Jacob had flown over to Madrid the day before and we picked up our hire car on his arrival into Spain. With a cafe con leche and Spanish pastry demolished, we clambered into the Fiat 500 and set our sat nav for Porto.

The drive was to take six hours in total, seven if you take into account...

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In Focus: English clubs back at the summit of European football

By Callum Noad, MSc International Sport Management student at UCFB Wembley

For the first time in the history of European football, English clubs hold all four spots in the finals of the two major European tournaments. Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday while Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will fight for the chance to be crowned Europe’s elite club in the Champions League final held in Madrid on Saturday.

Manchester United are the last English...

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What does Brexit mean for the UK sports industry?

There are undoubtedly more important issues surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union than that of football clubs being able to attract players, but it’s just one of a number of key issues the football and sports industry is facing ahead of the UK’s departure from the bloc – whether this month or in the future... 

Whether we see a hard Brexit, soft Brexit or a red, white and blue Brexit, the free movement of players between EU states is on the minds of club owners throughout the UK. There is...

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In Focus: The numbers add up for the future of women’s football

“The women’s game is a top priority for FIFA,” echoed Secretary General Fatma Samoura in 2018 as the governing body launched its first-ever global strategy for the women’s game.

Ahead of this year’s World Cup and following the success of 2015 edition, through its Women’s Football Strategy, FIFA announced that it wanted to double female participation to 60 million and ensure every FIFA member association had at least one female member on its committee by 2026.

A global audience of over 750...

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Conor returns from Doha trip after learning all about revolutionary Qatar World Cup

A pioneering trip to the Qatari capital of Doha earlier this month gave UCFB students the opportunity of meeting some of the movers and shakers behind the 2022 World Cup. Conor Walsh, studying MSc Sports Management at UCFB Wembley, is one of a number of students who got to learn all about the Gulf country and it’s build up to hosting the 22nd edition of the tournament. Here, Conor tells us about the unique trip and what the World Cup...

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In Focus: Stadiums, event management and their future

The operational and management side of stadiums is becoming increasingly important as more and more events take place inside our mega-arenas. From security to technology, and from fan engagement to accessibility, stadiums in the 21st century are more advanced than ever. We sat down with UCFB’s Jarno Stegeman, a specialist in event management and safety, to discuss all of this and more…

How have mega stadiums like Wembley changed the game for big event management, whether sport, music or otherwise?

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In Focus: Is there a glass ceiling for women in sport?

Governing bodies across the sports industry are now taking more action than ever before to drive inclusivity and equality, and the role of women in sport at all levels, on the pitch and behind the scenes, has never been more sharply in focus. FIFA recently grabbed the headlines by announcing their goal to double female participation in football around the world to 60 million by 2026, and ensure all member associations have at least one female on their board. Prize...

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A day at the races for UCFB Programme Leader Paul Brewster

For former Barbadian jockey Paul Brewster, a trip to Windsor racecourse earlier this year was a day of real nostalgia. Attending as part of a UCFB delegation, Paul accompanied a group of students who were being introduced to the world of racing and its many career opportunities through an Explore Racing Day, organised by Careers in Racing.

By Paul Brewster, BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance Programme Leader at UCFB

I first came in to contact with horses at the age of...

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Student Ilias looks at the impact and growth of eSports

The eSports industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that by 2020 it will be worth around US$1.5billion, a third of the size of the NBA and comparable to France’s Ligue 1.

Ilias Pajoheshfar, a BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student at UCFB Wembley, is an eSports fanatic and advocate of the positive impact it can have on participants. Here, the Next 25 scholar shares his thoughts and experiences of the one of the world’s fastest...

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UCFB Lecturer Mario looks back on a memorable F1 season

A memorable Formula 1 season reached its conclusion in Abu Dhabi a few days ago with a host of talking points gripping the sport. From Lewis Hamilton’s dominance of the circuit, to Max Verstappen’s paddock meltdown in Brazil and the addition of new GPs to the calendar, hot topics abound and already attention is turning to Australia, 17 March. We spoke with Mario Zambas, Lecturer in BA (Hons) Stadium & Event Management at UCFB, who helped launch the inaugural Abu...

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